Welcome to the Town of Middleborough's
Office of Economic & Community Development
The Middleborough Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD) was created by the Town's Board of Selectmen in September of 1998. The primary responsibility of this office is to apply for, implement, and administer Economic and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs for the Town of Middleborough.
The OECD also supports economic development in the downtown and commercial parks and corridors. Programs and services of the Office of Economic and Community Development therefore fall into two major areas:
Over the past 12 years, the OECD has received more than $7 million dollars in economic and community development grant funds from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. These funds have been used to improve local infrastructure, support housing rehabilitation, create affordable housing units, and provide matching funds for economic development projects within the Middleborough downtown district. Some of our current programs include:
- Housing Rehabilitation Assistance
- Private Affordable Housing Apartments
Housing and community development go hand in hand with economic sustainability. In addition to affordable housing initiatives and related CDBG infrastructure improvement projects, the OECD has responsibility for supporting overall economic development in the Town working collaboratively with the Town Manager’s office and Planning Department.
The OECD provides a range of support in promoting economic development opportunities and addressing needs of existing businesses. This includes business advocacy, commercial district revitalization, retail development, business attraction and retention, connecting developers and property owners, tracking available commercial space, infrastructure improvements, business related workshops, sign and facade program, job fairs, and grants researching/writing.
The OECD works collaboratively with local business and economic development groups such as Middleborough on the Move, the Middleborough Downtown Business Association, the Greater Attleboro-Taunton HOME Consortium, the Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce, and the Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District (SRPEDD) Regional Economic Strategy Committee.
Some of the Economic Development Programs include:
- Tax Incentive Financing Program (TIFS) in Economic Opportunty Areas (EOAs)
- Downtown Development Programs - Buy-Local, Downtown Beautification
Please feel free to stop by our office at the 20 Centre Street town building, third floor or contact: (508) 946-2402 or email:
Jane Kudecy, Program Manager at JKudcey@middleborough.com